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How to Register to Vote

1. Get the voter registration form.

Fill out and print a voter registration application form for your county or contact your County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections to request one by mail.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Indicate whether you’re filling out a new registration, changing your address or name, updating your signature, or updating your party affiliation

Step 2 · Respond Yes or No to whether you’re a citizen and at least 17 years old

Steps 3-5 · Provide your name, date of birth and your valid New Jersey Driver’s License or ID card number. If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

Step 6 · Provide your home address

Steps 7–8 · (if applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different) and the last address where you were registered to vote

Step 9 · (if applicable) Provide your former name if you’re changing your name, along with your daytime phone number and email (both optional)

Step 10 · Declare your political party affiliation or that you don’t want to declare a party affiliation

Step 11 · Select your gender

Step 12 · Sign and date the registration

Step 13 · If you’re registering to vote for the first time, and don’t provide a driver’s license, ID, or Social Security number, you must provide one of the following with your registration or when you vote:

  • Current photo ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document showing your name and address

3. Send the form.

Mail the form to your County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections no later than Oct 18


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1. Get the voter registration form.

2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Indicate whether you’re filling out a new registration, changing your address or name, updating your signature, or updating your party affiliation

Step 2 · Respond Yes or No to whether you’re a citizen and at least 17 years old

Steps 3–5 · Provide your name, date of birth and your valid New Jersey driver’s license or ID card number. If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

Step 6 · Provide your home address

Steps 7–8 · (If applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different) and the last address where you were registered to vote

Step 9 · (If applicable) Provide your former name if you’re changing your name, along with your daytime phone number and email (both optional)

Step 10 · Declare your political party affiliation or that you don’t want to declare a party affiliation

Step 11 · Select your gender

Step 12 · Sign and date the registration


3. Return the form.

Deliver the form in person to your County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections by Oct 18


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Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 17 years old at the time of registration and at least 18 years by Nov 8
  • Live at a New Jersey address by Oct 9
  • Not serving a sentence (including parole) for a felony conviction
  • Not deprived of the right to vote for a criminal conviction under New Jersey election law, unless pardoned or your right to vote has been restored.
  • Not currently judged by a court to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting
Mail
October 18

In Person
October 18

How to Vote

Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 6 AM–8 PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 8 PM.

Be sure to bring an accepted ID, if required.

Who can vote by mail

Any voter registered in New Jersey can vote absentee by mail.


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot application for your county.

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election on Nov 8, check the box for “General”

Step 2 · Provide your name

Step 3 · Provide the address where you’re registered to vote

Step 4 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed, if different from Step 3

Steps 5-7 · Provide your birthday, phone number, and email address (email address is optional)

Steps 8-9 · Sign and date the form


3. Submit the form

Mail the completed form so it’s received by your county clerk by Nov 1


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Attach a copy of accepted ID, if required
  • Mail your ballot to the address on the return envelope so it’s received by 8 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot through your county on state.nj.us
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 6 AM–8 PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 8 PM.

Be sure to bring an accepted ID, if required.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in New Jersey. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old by Nov 8
  • Live at a New Jersey address
  • Not be serving a sentence (including parole) for a felony conviction
  • Not be deprived of the right to vote for a criminal conviction under New Jersey election law, unless pardoned or your right to vote has been restored
  • Not currently be judged by a court to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting

In person ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in New Jersey, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail or in person

If you’re voting for the first time in your county, registered to vote by mail, and didn’t provide an ID number or copy of ID when you registered, attach a copy to your ballot or bring one of the following to vote:

  • Current photo ID (including a New Jersey driver’s license, a military or other government ID, a student or job ID, or US passport)
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, pay statement, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can request all elections in the current calendar year, all future November general elections, or both. (The general elections take place in even number years – 2016, 2018, etc – and include the presidential and congressional elections.)
  • It’s best to submit a new application every January to ensure that you’ll receive an absentee ballot for all elections in which you are eligible to vote. every January
  • If you have any questions at all, please contact your Local Election Official
Yes, New Jersey offers early voting, although they call it “in-person absentee voting.”  Early voting takes place at the County Clerk’s office.  Early voting starts as soon as ballots are available, and ends 3pm on the day before Election Day.  The exact start date varies by county, but the end date is always the day before Election Day.  If you have any further questions, please contact your Local Election Official.
You must include your New Jersey driver’s license number or your non-driver ID number on your voter registration form. If you don’t have either of these numbers, you must include a copy of your ID with your form. If you forget, you’ll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include: a driver’s license or other photo identification that shows your name and New Jersey address OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and New Jersey address.
You’ll only need to provide ID if you didn’t meet the voter ID requirements when you registered to vote. If you’re a first-time voter and you didn’t include your New Jersey drivers licence number on your voter registration form, then you should include a COPY of a current and valid photo ID that shows your name OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and New Jersey address.
Generally not. Emergency Absentee Ballots are available on election day only for voters who’ve become ill on election day or during the night before election day. Contact your County Clerk if you have questions about emergency absentee ballots.
No. Once you apply for an absentee ballot, you must vote by absentee ballot. You cannot change your mind and vote in person.